Day by Day History


A great deal of history has been made in the Archdiocese of Dubuque since its founding in 1837. The Archives Office has attempted to put together a day by day accounting of both the significant and everyday events that have shaped our history.

Description/YearLocation of material
1June 1, 1970: Saturday Mass approved by Archbishop James J. ByrneThe Witness
2June 3, 1956: Senator John Kennedy was Loras College Graduation speaker.The Witness
3June 3, 1888: Bishop Hennessy laid the corner stone for St. Francis Xavier Church in Dyersville.Centennial History (1937), p.85
3June 3, 1963: death of Pope John XXIII.The Witness
4June 4, 1958: Msgr. Maurice Sheehy, the first of any priest-chaplain to hold the 3 star rank raised to the rank of Vice Admiral.The Witness
4June 4, 1944: The liberation of Rome by the Allied Forces on Trinity SundayThe Witness
5June 5, 1856: P. Brannon deeded 40 acres to Bishop Loras for a church to be built in WaucomaCentennial History (1937), P.151
5June 5, 2004: St. Pius X, Cedar Rapids, dedicated remodeled church.The Witness
6June 6, 1870: Corner stone laid for Assumption Church, Cresco, the oldest church in Howard County.Centennial History (1937), p. 135
June 6, 1944: Beginning of a series of bombings on Lisieux; sparing of Convent and Basilica seen as a miracle of The Little Flower.The Witness
6June 6, 1916: St. Patrick’s Church, Cedar Falls dedicated.Centennial History (1937), p. 148
7June 7, 1899: Dedication of Sacred Heart Church in Volga City.Centennial History (1937), p. 445
7June 7, 1970: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Lawler celebrated its centennial.The Witness
8June 8, 1965; Holy Trinity, Luxembourg celebrates centennial and pastor, Father John A. Theobald celebrates golden jubileeThe Witness
8June 8, 1942: St. Joseph’s, Bellevue, centennialThe Witness
9June 9, 1927: Bishop Daniel Gorman (Boise), a former priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque died.The Witness
9June 9, 1940: Centennial celebration of St. Patrick’s, Garryowen.The Witness
10June 10, 1949: Release of Strong Men South by Fr. William Menster relating his experiences with the Byrd Expedition.The Witness
10June 10, 1911: First organized retreat for laymen in Archdiocese held in newly constructed St. Joseph’s Chapel (Loras College).The Witness
11June 11, 2006: Groundbreaking for a childcare facility connected to Newman Elementary in Mason City.The Witness
11June 11, 1995: Double celebration in New Vienna — St. Boniface celebrating its 150th anniversary; the city celebrating its centennial.The Witness
12June 12, 1910: Formal dedication of Holy Name Church, Rockford.Centennial History (1937): p. 479
12June 12, 2004: St. Michael, Plymouth closed.The Witness
13June 13: Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua. Iowa’s smallest chapel, near Festina, is named in his honor.The Witness
14June 14, 1916: St. Mary’s, Waucoma, new church dedicated by Archbishop James J. Keane. Previous church had been destroyed by a cyclone in Nov. 1915.Centennial History (1937), P. 154
15June 15, 1944: Chaplain Albert Hoffmann received the Distinguished Service Cross, making him the most decorated chaplain of WWII.The Witness
16June 16, 1943: Archdiocese of Dubuque consecrated to the Sacred Heart of JesusThe Witness
17June 1955: Father William Most, professor at Loras College was the winner of the 1955 Marian Library Award from the University of Dayton for having written the year’s best book on Mary, “Mary in Our Life”.The Witness
18June 18, 1967: Annunciation Parish, Lattnerville celebrated its Centennial. The last scheduled Mass in the little limestone church was on June 24, 1989.The Witness
19June 19, 1891: Laying of the corner stone for Sacred Heart Church, Fillmore, in the presence of an immense throng of people.Centennial History (1937): p. 373
19June 19, 1977: John Neumann canonized as America’s first male saint.The Witness
20June 20, 1854: first resident pastor arrived at St. Catherine’sThe Witness
21June 21: Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga.The Witness
21June 21, 1963: Giovanni B. Montini was elected Pope Paul VI.The Witness
22June 22, 1918: Death of Archbishop John J. KeaneDriscoll, We pray for our priests, p. 4
22June 22, 1958: Father Dennis Curren, of Monroe, LA. celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination. He was a Cardinal before he was a priest.The Witness
23June 23. 1965: Msgr. James J. Watters named new Auxiliary Bishop.The Witness
23June 23, 1843: The first 5 Sisters of Charity arrived in Dubuque, and were welcomed by Bishop Loras.The Witness
24June 24, 1883: St. Lawrence Church, Otter Creek, corner stone laidCentennial History (1937): p. 179
25June 25, 1930: Assumption Church, Cresco, new church dedicated by Bishop Francis Beckman. The old church had been destroyed by a fire in 1929.Centennial History (1937), p. 137
25June 25, 1951: A tornado shattered St. Wenceslaus Church in Duncan, but it failed to halt Confirmation, which was held a few days later out-of-doors near the ruined parish buildings.The Witness
26June 26, 1864: One of the first convent high schools west of the Mississippi. Cornerstone laid on this date by Bishop Smythe. “Mary, Seat of Wisdom” in St. DonatusCentennial History (1937), p. 64
27June 27, 1911: Laying of the corner stone for St. John the Evangelist in Independence.Centennial History  (1937), p. 113
28June 28: Feast of St. Irenaeus, First Bishop of Lyons, France, the native diocese of our Bishop Loras.The Witness
28June 28, 2008: Beginning of the Pauline Jubilee Year recognizing the Apostle Paul on the occasion of the bimillennium of his birth between 7-10 A.D.The Witness
29June, 29, 1884: St. Peter’s, Clermont, dedicated by Bishop Hennessy.Centennial History (1937), p. 198
29June 29: Feast of St. Peter, first Head of the Church.The Witness
30June 30, 1936: Fire causes damage at Academy of the VisitationThe Witness
30June 30, 2006: Official closing of Holy Rosary Parish, LaMotte.The Witness